BEIJING, CHINA – April 16, 2018 - Word-leading experts from the University of Bristol, and provider of the world’s largest mobile network and customer base, China Mobile, shared their insights into how 5G and the massive Internet of Things (IoT) will service rapidly expanding cities in China and around the world at the 5G wireless: the journey to hyper-connected cities panel forum in Beijing today.
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Prof. Hugh Brady welcomed Dr Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist for Wireless Technologies at China Mobile Research Institute; who was joined by Professor Andrew Nix, Head of the Communication Systems & Networks Group and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol, on the expert panel.
Autonomous vehicles and high-speed rail connectivity, smart tourism and eHealth were just some of the future innovations discussed as the panel shared insights into how emerging smart technologies can help China and the world address the challenges posed by rapid urbanization. In attendance was a wide audience of academics, government and industry leaders, and media.
Among its many research strengths, the University is leading pioneering research into 5G capabilities, and its expertise in this field was one of the factors that led to Bristol being named Global Smart City at the Global Mobile awards (GLOMOs) 2018. Through its Smart Internet Lab and High Performance Networks Research group, the University is driving real-world research – including a city-wide 5G testbed – leading to major advances and models for increasingly interconnected and resource-efficient cities.
“University of Bristol academics have over the years developed close ties with their Chinese peers and Chinese companies to research solutions that will make the future more liveable,” said Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol. “According to the UN’s latest report, another 2.5 billion people will live in cities worldwide by 2050, with many of those in China, and only through strong research collaboration can we make the urgent breakthroughs we need.”
Professor Andrew Nix, who has experience of working with Huawei in Europe on prestigious 5G EU (Horizon 2020) projects and with other Chinese partners on developing technologies to support advanced development, said:
“Wireless technologies, along with integrated fibre and core network solutions, will play a crucial role in the development of hyper-connected cities. For the past two years the Chinese government, in its annual work report, has highlighted ‘to promote the development of 5G mobile communications’, so we are excited to be able to share our experience in Beijing today and to hear from those at the forefront of China’s 5G and smart city revolution.”
Prof. Nix talked about the University’s world-leading innovations including trials of Massive MIMO leading to world record-breaking 5G wireless spectrum efficiency, advanced 3D planning software to support the global roll-out of 5G networks and a 5G network planning model to support New Radio (NR) technologies: massive MIMO and beamformed milimeter wave (mmWave) communications. He also shared insights into high-speed rail connectivity and connected and autonomous vehicles and driving engagement with advances in smart city technology, and revealed how Bristol became 2018’s Global Smart City and the UK’s Smartest City and the University’s vision and ambition for the future.
Over the past five years, China's urbanization rate has risenfrom 52.6 to 58.5 percent, according to the 2018 Government Work Report, and this trend will only continue. Rapid urbanization creates increasingly crowded environments and scarce resources, which China is trying to tackle with major investments to promote the development of smart cities. The University is working with leading Chinese tech and communications companies including China Mobile and Huawei to jointly develop scalable solutions that will enable Chinese cities to grow in smart and sustainable ways.
“Effective wireless communications will be essential to deliver the best services for society and business in emerging smart cities. As a world leader in the development of wireless standards, China Mobile is very happy to be partnering with the University of Bristol to jointly research next-generation wireless communications solutions that will help cities to thrive and become smarter in the digital age,” said Dr Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist for Wireless Technologies at China MobileResearch Institute.